Tropical Torpedo Tropical IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Tropical Torpedo Tropical IPATropical Torpedo Tropical IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #3,488
Ranked #19,745
3.87 | pDev: 9.04%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Tropical Torpedo Tropical IPATropical Torpedo Tropical IPA
Notes: Inspired by island life, we created an IPA completely disconnected from the mainland. We used our one-of-a-kind Hop Torpedo to deliver an intense rush of hop flavor and the lush aromas of mango, papaya, and passionfruit with every sip. Enjoy our tropical twist on the American IPA.
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Sigmund from Norway

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355 ml can, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 6.7%. Deep golden colour, only slightly hazy. Moderate white head. Hoppy aroma of citrus and tropical fruits, hints of pine and spruce. Tropical fruits, grapefruit and resin in the flavour, fairly bitter finish.

May 09, 2021
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent amber color. Faint but inviting tropical fruit aroma; mango, passionfruit, pineapple. Quick dash of sweet citrusy hope flavor followed by a caramel malt bill. Not exceptionally bitter, not even as bitter tasting as SNPA. Mouthfeel is slightly thin and fizzy. Not bad but not terribly exciting.

Apr 19, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear, deep golden near-amber body with a billowing fluffy frothy white head with moderate retention that leaves lots of thick sudsy sticky lacing

aroma is pungent mango juice stained hop; sweet and sticky, slight earth bitterness, floral and blossoming

taste is strong, pungent, dripping tropical fruit (mango heavy, papaya) soaking grapefruit earthy hop, and a bready malt backbone. slight orange marmalade hints, and peachy bright stone fruit flashes.

moderately high carbonation, lighter-side-of-medium body; smooth, near lush, with light carbo prickles that leaves a grainy shade; finishes dry with a bittersweet that lingers.

a lighter feeling but substantially layered flavor explosion. this could be a regular for sure, akin to the tropical shirt. well balanced in all of its offerings, giving earthy hops and bready malts their turn among sparks of orange marmalade and peach, but ultimately giving dense tropical fruit flavors their spotlight. in my opinion this lands it between your pop-neipa and traditional Cali-informed IPA.

Nov 06, 2020
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UnevenSurface from Hong Kong

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was a great fan of the 'old' TropTorp, which was bottled at 6.7 ABV and 55 IBU. This one, at 6 ABV and 35 IBU isn't too bad, but in my opinion is a step backwards.

Look: Like a Pale Ale, which is good.
Smell: Mega strong on the mango, which is fine
Taste: Something tangy. Passion fruit would come close. Not unpleasant at all
Feel: I hate to say it, but a little thin and watery.
Overall: A perfectly good summer drinking IPA. Nice, but not as good as the original. As another reviewer says, it's almost an Indian Pale Lager.

Jul 10, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Albertsons. Having developed my palate with NW IPAs, I’m not digging this trend towards the NE style. Nice looking pour, small creamy head. Aroma recalls tropical fruit Life Savers. Taste adds a bit of bitterness, but still had the candy sweetness flavors.

May 09, 2020
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entheos from California

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Excellent tropical notes, but a disappointing aftertaste that feels like it should be a lager than an ale. It’s good, but I don’t need a beer to eat a fruit.

May 03, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden with slight clouding and an off white head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: There are tropical fruit aromas that feature mango and passion fruit.

Taste: There are mango and passion fruit flavors with some peach and grainy sweetness.

Feel: It has a medium body.

Overall, it has some tropical fruit combinations with grainy sweetness.

Apr 26, 2020
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours an amber with four fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - citrus, tropical hops, orange, marmalade, pineapple, bready malts, and earthy yeast.

Taste - mild citrus and tropical hops upfront. The orange, marmalade, and pineapple follow suit. The bready malts and earthy yeast round out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly sticky with the hops and fruits slightly lingering.

Overall - An agreeable IPA that boasts some pleasant tropical fruit flavour. I wish all elements were a bit more pronounced as the hops and fruits in this are very mild. Still, a crushable brew.

Apr 14, 2020
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VicCooper from Ireland

3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a 12 Fl.oz. bottle, great design, fresh and classic merged into one. Lovely hiss when opened, it's carbonated enough. 6.7% alcohol, so it shouldn't feel watery or light.

Top: nice and thick, long lasting off-white head forms. As it should.

Colour: beautiful dark amber/copper, tiny bit opaque. Hats off, it looks absolutely gorgeous.

Smell: first smell: iron :-/

*** this is the part where my review was lost from, now I try to replicate it***

After 5 minutes of decanting, it's fruity (pineapple and citrus) with malty tones, not very intense.

Taste: alcohol and fruitiness dominates with some malts in the middle. The hops are kicking in later, but their bitterness feels a bit weird (artificial?). Tastes a bit too sweet to me, yet it leaves a semi-dry finish. Medium body, nice, moderated carbonation. Bread and hops in the lasting aftertaste.

Summary: although it's a decent IPA and very well balanced too, I'd still pick Hazy Little Thing over this one, because that one is just more interesting, however this one would definitely win the beauty contest. But as in life, looks are not everything...

Mar 12, 2020
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Reidrover from Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light gold colour with a gorgeous thick and creamy white head.
Aroma is fruity but not as severe as some modern has hints of tropical fruit and flowers.
Taste is like a good old fashioned clean non weed IPA with nice fruity additions that compliment rather than drown the real character of the beer.
The palate is very nice in this beer its medium/creamy but with good cleansing carbonation.
Vry nice IPA..really enjoyed it.

Jan 27, 2020
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with medium, fast fading head. Scent is pine, fruit and floral. Taste follows. Light mouthfeel and an aftertaste that starts fruity and ends with hop

Dec 28, 2019
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Maltyhead from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a 3/4” head, was a light honey color and had a mild hoppy and grapefruit aroma. Taste was very smooth with a very subtle citrus flavor which ended hoppy. A great beer.

Dec 19, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a 1 inch thick white head. Slight haze. Heavy lacing.

Aroma is pineapple, piney, earthy, floral.

Taste is piney, fruity. Excellent bitterness.

Lively carbonation. Medium bodied, resiny mouthfeel. Semi-dry finish.

A decent IPA from Sierra Nevada.

Nov 04, 2019
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank at CoolaBoola CoLAB.

A: Body is yellow, no haziness. Head is white, one inch thick. Good retention.
S: Aroma is very citric with tangerine, clementine, lemon and some other citrus going on. It's a fruit party going on here.
T: Even if the aroma is very interesting, the flavour isn't as it appears to be washed away by the power of the bitterness. I did expect this to be a downgrade from your regular Torpedo but it's still a very summer-y drinkable beer.
M: Body is low. Carbonation is medium. Alcohol is unnoticeable. Bitterness is medium.
O: Would love to sip this with my feet on the water of a pool.

Oct 21, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a hazy bright yellow color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of juicy citrusy hops with some floral undertones. Taste is also dominated by citrusy hops notes, some floral undertones with light residual sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but not as hazy as I was expecting and hops flavours could be more pronounced.

Oct 14, 2019
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spectru from Florida

4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber with a frothy white head, somewhat lacy; A good rich aroma; A rich flavor, hints of citrus fruitiness hidden in the light hops, not bitter. A mild flavorful IPA. Nice. Good beer. As I sipped my glass of beer, I liked it better and better. It's not just a good beer, its an excellent beer.

Aug 31, 2019
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penguinsgoboom from California

4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a beautiful marigold color. Nice finger head, quite frothy. Very nice lacing

S: Definitely tropical. Pineapples, mangoes, papaya, adds tremendous sweetness. There's a sense of ripeness with just a touch of herbaciousness. Malt is present so I'm expecting some balance.

T: Starts off balanced, then the hops grow and grow. The bitterness holds for a bit then finishes clean, but some of the bitterness remain. There is a good bit of sweetness that pops up throughout the profile that keeps things playful.

O: This is hop forward enough to be a quality IPA and the fruity sweetness keep things light and very drinkable. Probably not a sophisticated beer, but definitely an enjoyable IPA

Aug 27, 2019
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nick_perry from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aromas of mango, papaya, and pineapple. Tastes a lot like a mellowed-out version of Torpedo, with general tropical fruit flavors. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel.

Jul 18, 2019
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Cakebossjoe from California

3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad of a beer, first ipa I’ve ever had, got a good buzz from just one lmao. Would I get it again? I would get it again if I’m looking for a cheap good buzz

Jul 13, 2019
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JayQue from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good IPA but I have had better from Sierra Nevada. Pours a hazy orange color with a good size frothy white head with good retention. Aroma is very mild, some tropical fruit and that's about it!! Taste and mouthfeel are a bit more robust but still understated. Moderate bitterness, primarily a tropical fruit presence. Moderate richness and bitterness and no alcohol presence. Goes well with food, but fairly undistinguished.

Jul 11, 2019
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HardCider from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber/orange color and was slightly hazy. The head was moderate with very good retention. The smell was subtle but very pleasant - a hoppy , citrus fruit aroma. The taste was an excellent combination of hops, citrus fruit and bitterness. It went down very easy, especially considering it's 6.7% ABV.

Jul 10, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into conical pint glass; bottled on 02/28/19.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden color with a two finger, off white head, modest retention and a moderate amount of lacing.
S: Light aromas of pineapple, orange, and pine overlay the caramel maltiness.
T: Semisweet to semidry. Elements of palate follow nose, but caramel malt backbone is much more in evidence. Bitterness contributes to the complexity and crisp finish.
M: Light to medium bodied. Solid carbonation.
O: Enjoyable, fairly subtle, and satisfying.

Jun 29, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy gold with decent head and lacing.

The aromas are rather subdued but noticeably tropical (mango, pineapple).

Fruity flavors hit the tip of the tongue, but moderate spicy hop notes provide nice bitter counterpoints. However, the malts and grain are lacking in the middle.

The brew has a nice medium and well-carbonated feel.

Overall, this is a decent IPA but doesn't distinguish from other tropical offerings.

Jun 29, 2019
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into Standard Pint Glass.

L: Light orange, two finger white head has great retention.

S: Nice citrus aroma, orange, pineapple, mango.

T: Great tropical flavor!

F: Crisp, clean and light.

O: Great beer.

Jun 10, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Clear amber with a big, fluffy white head.
Smell: Light citrus hop aroma.
Taste: Sweet, malt bread flavor. Light herbal hop bitterness.
Feel: Thin-bodied, low carbonation.
Overall: Not bad, but a little underwhelming.

Jun 03, 2019
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